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According to the New Jersey statute there are over 20 distinct ways in which a person can be found guilty of assault. The assault is broadly classified as simple assaults and aggravated assaults. Even when no injury has occurred at all, New Jersey has defined certain activities to be simple assaults or aggravated assaults.

The nature of assault can be aggravated depending on various factors such as the seriousness of the injury; whether a weapon was used; the mental state of the actor, that is, whether the act was committed purposely, knowingly, or recklessly; and the status of the victim. Depending on the elevation of the assault, the aggravated assault can be second degree, third degree, or fourth degree.

A simple assault, if proven, may result into a jail term of six months, and a fine of $1,000.00, plus other statutory assessments. Moreover, the conviction for a simple assault remains on one’s record for employers, potential employers, potential landlords, licensing agencies and many more. If convicted in such serious crimes, a non-citizen’s ability to remain in the country, or reenter the country, or obtain citizenship, can be seriously affected.

Contact Aditya Surti Esq. at 201-518-6642201-518-6642 to schedule an appointment at the Jersey City Office or at 732-750-1269732-750-1269 to schedule an appointment at the Woodbridge Office. You can also email us at to schedule an appointment. Appointments can be available on weekends and nights and evenings.

We represent clients in Middlesex County, Hudson County, Union County, Bergen County, Atlantic County, Camden County, Mercer County, Monmouth County, Morris County, Ocean County, Passaic County, Somerset County, Warren County and Burlington County of New Jersey.